Whatever else is written about the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, they deserve this much: The team wasn’t afraid to take a risk. The D-Backs finished last season as a disappointing third in the NL West. The team brass responded by trading their franchise player—the hyper-talented but maddeningly inconsistent Justin Upton—to the Atlanta Braves for third baseman Martin Prado and a boatload of prospects. It’s the sort of trade that could launch the D-Backs into title contention if it works out. It’s the sort of trade that could get a ton of people fired if it doesn’t. And it’s the sort of trade that looms in the background as the Diamondbacks start the 2013 season.
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